The introduction of new characters into a tightly-woven cinematic universe can often break the suspension of disbelief. In the DCEU, Wonder Woman could've helped to minimise damage during the Kryptonian attack on Metropolis. In the MCU, The Eternals could've helped the Avengers in their fight against Thanos.
With The Eternals arriving into the MCU after the universal threat of Thanos, fans are questioning their heroic legitimacy. Has the movie's pre-release look made fans less excited to see these new superheroes?
MCU fans are annoyed at The Eternals
The new trailer for The Eternals revealed why the titular superhero group have been absent from the events of the MCU. Marvel's immortal group have decided to stay out of the affairs of the universe, but a new mysterious threat has taken them out of hiding. However, this vague statement isn't enough for some.
Following the trailer’s release, fans took to Twitter to complain about the superhero team.
“My biggest gripe with how Marvel is setting up the Eternals is how they mentioned they “didn’t feel like they needed to step in” until now,” one user said. “But they watched Thanos, a part Eternal madman, collect all the infinity stones and then wipe out half the universe.”
“The fact that The Eternals knew about The Avengers? They’ve been laughing at them trying to save the earth since 2012 and I think that’s iconic of them,” said another.
Above it all, it just makes this group of new heroes appear not very heroic in the MCU. We've seen the Battle of New York, Ultron, Thanos and countless other threats to the Marvel universe. It’s a bit crap that The Eternals are only helping now.
Thanos was The Eternals' problem and they just didn't care
In the comics, Thanos is an Eternal, making the Mad Titan their problem. Comic readers are aware that Thanos is a member of The Eternals cursed with mutations. Thanos was born with a mutation known as the Deviant Syndrome that allows him to control cosmic energy.
With this in mind, Thanos and The Eternals are an issue that go hand-in-hand. This is leading fans to question why the characters are being introduced now. Perhaps the introduction of these characters into Infinity War and Endgame would've been too much for the casual viewer. On the other hand, those who care about comic accuracy will miss out on these two forces interacting on screen.